NATO And Russia Are In High-Level Talks As Ukraine Tensions Simmer

NATO And Russia Are In High-Level Talks As Ukraine Tensions Simmer

Andrew H. Sweet

Moscow denies it is planning an attack.

Still, its history of military action in Ukraine and Georgia worries NATO. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin will lead Moscow's delegation at the NATO-Russia Council, the first time it's convened in over two years.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will also be at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Endorsing such an agreement would require NATO to reject a key part of its founding treaty.

"It has become crystal clear that not a single ally inside the NATO alliance is willing to budge or negotiate anything as it relates to NATO's open-door policy," Julianne Smith, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, said Tuesday. "

"Maksim Samorukov, a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank, says the lack of any real Russian concessions in Putin's draft agreement probably means that "Russia is ready to tolerate a failure of these negotiations.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that this week's talks have, so far, provided little reason for optimism.

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